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quickly tell you. the obama white house, is going to say the market settled under a stewardship, must be all our stimulus and spending. you say what? >> the disparity between the rich and poor is going to keep growing. that's the underlie political story. i'm going to a lot of money and you are but the factory worker is not. >> neil: people he calls, if they don't return the call, there's hell to pay. mike wallace, he is italian. >> anybody remember this? >> these cuts are not smart, they're not fair, they will hurt our economy. >> the sequester is harmful. >> they'll add hundreds of thousands of americans to he up employment role. >> workers up employment benefits are reduced and cut back. >> the unemployment rate might tick up again. >> i love it. i'm the only one who gets it. we're still waiting because by the government's numbers, that sequestration, i'm still waiting. the latest employment data, put ting putting putting the kabash on the sequestration, and little more than to rounding errors. now, it took -- in march when we didn't see the impact, democrats say, you just wait unt
charges. white house officials tell me that president obama has been made aware of this arrest. at this point, they are not releasing any other reaction. this all started in the dates after the boston bombing. that is when these ricin-laced letters were intercepted at an offsite mail facility. so they never got close to president obama or to members of congress. obviously added to the tension here in the nation's capital. >> quickly, before you let you get out of here, elvis imperson negotiate, sounds like the beginnings of a farrelly brothers' movie plot. what is that about? >> the rivalry seems to be long and complicated and involves a number of different sort of fights between the two men. i can tell you in one instance, the elvis impersonator, paul kevin curtis, claimed to be a part of -- a society called mensa society, basically for people who have high iq scores. well, dutschke took exception too that. -- exception to that. he called curtis out on that, said you are not being truthful about this . so, that is one of the fights the two had. hard to pinpoint where their dis
of comedy from the white house correspondents dinner on saturday night when president obama joked about the criticism of not working with republicans more. >> maureen dowd said i could solve all my problems if i were just more like michael douglas >>> good evening. from new york i'm chris hayes. thank you for joining us. truly amazing stuff to cover tonight. how wild conspiracies are causing an absolute gun frenzy in this country and how washington politicians are legitimizing them. and a state so out of control, citizens are willing to go to jail to protest the laws. you might remember this bit of comedy from the white house correspondents dinner on saturday night when president obama joked about the criticism of not working with republicans more. >> maureen dowd said i could solve all my problems if i were just more like michael douglas
, there were a lot of chuck else. it was revealed by the cracker jack white house team, president obama had a hand in writing all of the jokes. >> i believe it. >> script writers, as well, inherent sense of humor. what struck me the most about the evening, how willing he was to be the butt of his own jokes. we have a little montage. let's play it. >> said i should start with some jokes as my own expense. just take myself down a peg. i was like guys, after four and a half years, how many pegs are there left? these days i look in the mirror and i have to admit i'm not the strapping young muslim socialist i used to be. i know republicans are still sorting out what happened in 2012, but one thing they all agree on is they need to do a better job reaching out to minorities. and call me self centered, i can think of one minority they can start with. hello! >> president obama can laugh at himself. >> he is great at that. that is one of my favorite moments, he was laughing at himself, he was laughing at the republicans, republicans were laughing at themselves, newt gingrich loved it, which we love.
timing on point, president obama delivered a lot of memorable one liners at the white house correspondents dinner. this joke elicited response afterwards. >> some folks still don't think i spend enough time with congress. why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell, they ask. really? [ laughter ] why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell! [ laughter ] today, mitch mcconnell senate campaign tweeted this picture of the senator, sitting at a bar with a beer, next to an empty school and glass of red wine with the caption greetings from coal country, hazard, kentucky. one republican strategist had this advice for the president. >>> i had a beer with mitch mcconnell, had a good time. i would encourage him to give it a shot. >> joining me, krystal ball. i saw you in the hallway at the dinner, there were a lot of chuck else. it was revealed by the cracker jack white house team, president obama had a hand in writing all of the jokes. >> i believe it. >> script writers, as well, inherent sense of hu what struck me the most about the evening, how willing he was to be the butt o
republican on the foreign relations committee senator bob corker wants president obama to explain reports that the cia has delivered millions of dollars to harmid karzai in a letter to the white house. if the reports are true and indicates a an incoherent policy towards afghanistan. >>> also, it's official hawaiian democratic congresswoman hanabusa get the job. not just hanabusa making moves. busy week in senate news. check out our website, rundown.msnbc.com. we're back with more "daily rundown." >>> live pictures before we go. opening bell ringing on wall street. the markets responding. responding well to the april's jobs report. surprisingly strong number compared when analysts were expecting 175,000 jobs were added. unemployment rate dropped to the lowest level since 2008. the economy has created an average of compare that to an average of 138,000 over the previous six months. >>> coming up here on "daily rundown" the jobless rate at a four-year low as we noted. get reaction today from the white house. >>> plus, as the national rifle association annual convention gets under way, presid
during the break. the white house announcing president obama will be meeting with reporters and taking questions from the brady pressroom at 10:15 this morning which means i have to get my butt out of here right after the show down to the white house get dressed first maybe. >> you have a tie bill? because you know, the president. >> bill: i live close by. i'll get a tie. >> don't shame us. >> bill: what is this all about? you think he has something to say about syria? >> that's certainly a possibility. this is really short notice. that could be the type of thing where -- >> bill: he's not coming in to chitchat. >> no. he's got something to say. >> as a former member of the white house. >> i don't think it is jason collins. >> i don't think they have a deal on the sequester. the only thing he has to talk about right now is syria. gotta be syria. >> bill: there will be a question about afghanistan. i'm sure. but he is doing this because he has something to tell us. all right. >> if he didn't want to answer questions about syria, he wouldn't be coming out today. >> bill: right right. no.
ago in may vice president biden surprised the white house on "meet the press" saying he was absolutely comfortable with same-sex marriage. that same week president obama said same-sex couples should be able to get married. the president made inauguration history by agrees addressing gay rights in the speech. >> the most evident of truths that all of us are created equal is the star that guides us still. just as it guided our forebearers to seneca falls and stonewall. >> in "sports illustrated," collins refers to that speech saying the more people who speak out, the better. gay or straight. this ahead of the supreme court arguments on prop 8 and the defense of marriage act, rob portman was the first sitting senator to voice support after he learned his son, will, is gay. he was followed by mark kirk and dozens of democrats had a chase to avoid being the last on the democratic side. the supreme court arguments put a spotlight on the issue as polling showed a shift on major during the obama pedestrian. why is this announcement a dig deal? they were ahead of the durve and the civil rights
time. today 166 remain. bill plante asks the question that made news today. he's at the white house now. bill? >> reporter: scott, when barack obama was running for president in 2008, he vowed to close the u.s. prison in guantanamo bay cuba, a promise he did not keep. today he blamed congress. and with many of the prisoners there on that hunger strike that you mentioned, he said he'd try again. >> is it any surprise really that they would prefer death rather than have no end in sight to their confinement? >> it is not a surprise to me that we have problems in guantanamo. it is expensive. it is inefficient. it hurts us in terms of our international standing. it lessens cooperation with our allies on counter-terrorism efforts. it is a recruitment tool for extremists. it needs to be closed. i'm going to go back at this and i'm going to reengage with congress to try to make the case that this is not something that is in the best interest of the american people. >> meanwhile you continue to force feed these folks. >> i don't want these individuals to die. obviously the pentagon is trying to
, which we see coming up in the weeks. the worst week was president obama. when the white house press corps is questioning if you've got juice, really not a good week when you are president. the whole question of is he a lame duck president three months into his second term, that's problematic, not that he can't work his way out of. >> not what a president wants to be asked about. morris, your picks? >> susan, really? come on. come on. this is ridiculous. my worst -- let me start with my worst, my worst is those poor germans, the best economy in europe, now the best football clubs in europe. you know what to do with those poor germans. but my best week goes to the economy. again, adding jobs, steady pace, wall street skyrocketing. i don't understand why the republicans cannot praise this president for his stewardship of the economy. susan, i just can't understand t. >> can't start a fight. don't have a lot of time. patricia, i want to end with you. who are your best and worst of the week? >> my best week goes to gabriel gomez, republican nominee now in the senate race up there. he is
at large at salon and author of the book "what is the matter with white people?" president obama marked 100 days of his second term and we see headlines like this one. president obama says "i am still relevant." is he finding his voice having an effective audience? how would you rate how he has done on the big issues? pre-k's i give him -- >> -- guest: i give him a b. we focus on the president and act like he has magic powers. a tough he has congress to work with, and the republicans in particular and democrats are to blame at times, too, have devoted themselves to not working with him. a lot of people thought he should have done more on the gun control will. i do not know he had it in his power to move those last six votes on either side. i am more critical on the sequester. newt: on gun control, then " york times" is sending reporters up to kelly ayotte where she is drawing supporters and detractors for her vote against the gun control bill. "the wallheadline in street journal." "theou watching -- washington post e are you watching what is happening? guest: very closely. she is in a purpl
48% since president obama took over the white house. we've gone from 32 million to 47 million. almost 48 million. and we're gaining about 80,000 every month signing up. net new claimants for food stamps 80,000 a month even though we're told the economy is recovering. what's going on? >>brian: you know what the president would say? the president would say i inherited a mess. government was tanking -- excuse me, the economy was tanking. people were losing jobs, so, therefore, i've got to prop them up. >> this is a flashpoint in the debate of takers versus makers, taxpayers paying no taxpayers. at a point where we've got a trillion-dollar a year deficit, spending money we don't have, surely we should be doing something about this expanding food stamp program. >>brian: something you're going to be talking about? >> yes. we're going to get another stock market rally because ben bernanke is printing up a storm. >>steve: three hours now over in fox business, this man is going to take the stage. >> tell you all about making money, baby. >>brian: coming up straight head. >>gretchen: general sh
taking place at the pentagon. .ive at 1:55 eastern at the white house this afternoon, president obama is expected to announce his choice of charlotte north carolina mayor anthony foxx to be the next transportation secretary. if confirmed, he will be placed outgoing secretary ray lahood. we will have the personal announcement live starting at 2:10 eastern on our companion network c-span3. at 7:00 p.m., the debate for the first congressional seat in south carolina. former republican governor mark sanford and elizabeth bush -- busch. it is expected to focus on federal expending, gun legislation and a number of other key issues. are trying to generate as a government and you are looking for ways to generate new revenue, silicon valley has the answers. if you are trying to explore and ignite better innovation within your mpany's, silicon valley has the answers. and then from an entrepreneur standpoint, how is entrepreneurship different than in other places, which is distinctly is? so much is often based on failure and learning from one's experiences. but it is also recognizing that you ca
, a defiant president obama says the u.s. won't be intimidated by bombings in boston. in a news conference over at the white house just a little while ago the president was asked whether people should be afraid of attending large gatherings after the attack at the boston marathon, and he said, absolutely not. >> we're not going to stop living our lives because warped individuals try to intimidate us. we're going to do what we do which is go to work, raise our kids, go to ball games, run in marathons, and at the same time, we're going to make sure that everybody's cooperating and is vigilant and doing everything we can without being naive to try to prevent attacks from happening in the future the president defended the fbi's handling of the bombing investigation. we'll have much more on that, including a republican senator's response. that's coming up in 15 minutes. >>> now to the other suspected boston bomber whose voice we are hearing for the first time, two weeks after his death. we're hearing tamerlan tsarnaev speak at a pretty eerie experience. entertainment tonight got its hands on ne
from the white house correspondents dinner on saturday night when president obama joked about the criticism of not working with republicans more. >> maureen dowd said i could solve all my problems if i were just more like michael douglas in "the american president." i know michael's here tonight. michael, what's your secret, man? could it be that you were an actor in an aaron sorkin liberal fantasy? some folks still don't think i spend enough time with congress. why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell, they ask. really? why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell. >> today the president sent washington reporters scrambling with the surprise announcement of a press conference, his first since march and took a more serious tone, though the theme was familiar, repeatedly asked about the first hundred days of his second term and his failure to avert the sequester or passing a gun bill, the president disabued reporters that he has some sort of magic power that he refuses to use that will alter public behavior. >> you seem to suggest somehow these folks over there have no
obama is expressing concern that russian leader vladimir putin, after the reported use of chemical weapons in syria, the white house says use of such weapons would be a game changer, but the pentagon says it will not speculate on any intervention plans. >>> the faa is investigating a deadly mid-air collision of two small planes. the faa says a single-engine cessna landed on a golf course in southern california on monday after colliding with another cessna about eight miles north of ventura. all three on board that plane sustained only minor injuries. in the mountains northwest of santa monica, firefighters combed through smoking wreckage of the second plane and recovered the pilot's body. it's believed he was the only one on board there. >>> parts of eastern iowa dealing with severe weather, a heavy round of hail ranging from pea size to as large as two inches falling in waterloo, causing millions of dollars in damage to cars. the hail left covering that, and some places looking more like snow. bill karins, nbc meteorologist here with us. amazing pictures there of what was happenin
expected today at the white house. president barack obama expected -- toinate the new nominate the charlotte mayor as the secretary. prominence after bringing the democratic national convention to charlotte last year. watch the event at two o'clock 3.m. eastern on c-span 16she married at the age of and helped teach her husband to be better reader and wider. during the civil war she snuck supplies tuesday union in the tennessee mountains. but the time her president critic by the time her husband takes office she is ill. meet allies johnson, wife of and johnson as to continue our series on first ladies with your questions and comments by phone, facebook, and twitter. tonight, live on c-span and c- span3, also on c-span radio and c-span.org. >> "washington journal" continues. each money we look at how your money is being spent in a different sector of the federal government. we look at private-sector companies that depend on federal all,acts for most, if not their work. we're joined by "washington times" correspondents luke rosiak. you recently looked at federal pay for executives
humanitariancr. former state department official anne marie slaughter said president obama should remember rwanda as he weighs his actions in sirria red line or not, slaughter says that the white house should recognize that the game has already changed. >> he should understand the deep and lasting damage done when those who wield power are exposed as not saying what they mean or meaning what they say. the distrust, cynicism and hatred with which the united states is regarded in much of the world is already a cancer. standing by as assad gases his people will guarantee that he will be remembered. joining me today, the host of "up" with steve kornacki on msnbc. former assistant secretary of state, under president clinton, jamey reuben. rmer national security council spokesman tommy vitor and former national press secretary for the obama campaign, ben leebolt and nbc political director, chuck todd. you said and i thought very importantly an astute observation, the white house did not want to have to deal with syria. they did not want to have to deal with the red line. they now obviously have to deal
with chris christie. and rodet c-span.org to the white house. president obama left the white house this afternoon after making a couple of cabinet appointments, and he headed to mexico for the first of three days of his latin american trip. he held a news conference with the mexican president. a number of topics were talked about including immigration and commerce as well. of three days. here is their news conference from earlier. it is about 50 minutes. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> his excellency, and barack obama. we will hear from the president of the united mexican states. good afternoon, everyone. first and foremost, i would like to extend the warmest welcome to barack obama and his team. we would like to welcome them with open arms. we hope you feel at home. we appreciate your will. relationship built of mutual respect and collaboration for the benefit of our people. before we cover the areas on behalf of the mexican people, i -- to repeat our unfortunately common and it took the lives of a
obama made news saying all the options the white house is currently energy syria, boots on the ground, u.s. troops, not one of those options, how surprised are you by that? >> not surprised given the administration's incredible caution. i applaud that we don't want another iraq. we have to act. the syrian opposition is begging for weaponry. assad is wing, broken the blockade of a few bases and the world sort of weight, more moderate members of the foreign army, general broke want al qaeda-aligned jihadist rebels. he says he has more secular forces and begging us for simple things, one way to start if we art rebels, millen anti-tank missiles, they can taken out syrian armor. the fear would be someday they might be used against israeli forces but not talking anti-aircraft missile this is not sophisticate bud could make a difference, i think. i was speaking with someone yesterday and they said this is specifically the kind of weapon we want. very effective against armor. >> what's it called again? >> the millen anti-tank missile. >> the millen anti-tank missile. >> they have small arms, but
news special report. president obama is about to hold a white house news conference. >> this is the first time since march 1st that the president has held a white house news conference. it's only the second white house news conference this year. bill plante is at the white house. bill, good morning. >> tkpwofrpg to you, nora. there's no particular reason for this news conference. the president thought it would be a good idea to answer some questions before his trip to folks colater this week. this is the 100th day of the be second term. there's been a lot of criticism that he hasn't gotten much accomplished. he may see this as a way to relaunch his efforts. we know he will be asked about syria, immigration, gun control which failed miserably. immigration is live only because he managed to stay out of it. and other topics certain to come up, the debt, the coming limits on spending which will be a big fight in congress this summer, and who gets blamed of course is always a major concern of the white house. the public either blames congress or the president. the preside
us about that conversation? >> reporter: yeah, martin. we're learning that from white house officials that that conversation between president obama and president vladimir putin of russia did take place at some point today. the topic of conversations including syria, where the president expressed concerns over syrian chemical weapons. obviously russia would be a critical ally if the u.s. is to pursue some further intervention in terms of the crisis taking place, the civil war in that country. white house officials telling us the president urged there to be close consultations continuing between secretary of state john minister on this very topic. one of many topics the two men spoke about this afternoon. >> pete, given quite understandable reluctance to engage in yet another military conflict, there now some regret that while the administration obviously had a red line in their minds about syria, that they may now regret having said so publicly? >> reporter: i think there may be privately some regret that this is playing out the way that it is. obviously, the fact that that line was d
trauma after appearing in that photo. >>> fresh off his comedic performance at the white house correspondents' dinner. president obama met with reporters to discuss serious questions. he tackled domestic and foreigner use beginning with sear yeah. here is abc's jonathan carl. >> reporter: president obama had a clear message for the american people there will be no rush to american action in syria. for one thing the evidence is incomplete. >> what we now have is evidence that chemical weapons have been used inside of syria. but we don't know how they were used, when they were used, who used them on. >> reporter: the president is 100 days into his second term and faced a string of defeats in congress. >> do you still have the juice to get the rest of your agenda through the congress. >> put it that way. maybe i should pack up and go home. golly. mark twain said rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated. >> the problem he said is congress. >> jonathan, you seem to suggest that somehow these folks over there have no responsibilities and my job is to somehow get them to behave
targeting weapons shipments that were headed to hezbollah in lebanon. so white house officials are not commenting this morning, but president obama has consistently said he believes that israel has a right to defend itself. and i can tell you that syria has been a pressing concern for this administration. of course, president obama traveling here in latin america, landed here in costa rica yesterday, and held a joint news conference in which he got a question about the conflict in syria, and he made his most definitive comment to date about possible american military intervention. take a listen to what he had to say. >> i do not foresee a scenario in which boots on the ground in syria, american boots on the ground in syria, would not only be good for america, but also would be good for syria. >> so the president all but ruling out the possibility of putting boots on the ground. according to most polls, americans are opposed to direct military intervention in syria. they are war weary in the wake of iraq and afghanistan. so other possible options under consideration, united stat
. this is "viewpoint." thank you so much for joining us this evening. president obama marked the first hundred days of his second term today with a white house news conference. with foreign policy specifically syria on top of the agenda, now at least 13 people were killed and 70 wounded today by car bombs in the capital of damascus in that country's bloody on-going civil war while at least one child was killed and several people wounded in what witnesses describe as a syrian government air strike on a refugee camp near the turkish border. meanwhile, the guardian reports syrian rebels and the government of bashar al-assad are blaming each other for that chemical weapons attack monday. president obama had previously said the assad government would cross a "red line" if it used chemical weapons. and he sort of repeated that today. >> obama: the use of chemical weapons would be a game changer. not simply for the united states but for the international community. >> john: but mr. obama also seemed in no hurry to move. >> obama: with a we now have is evidence that chemical weapons have been used inside o
. our buried lead today is the subject the president has not been asked about in a white house news conference since september, 2010, closing gitmo, a promise president obama made in his first presidential campaign and has failed to keep. is the president ready for round two? >> i'm going to go back at this. i've asked my team to review everything that's currently being done in guantanamo, everything that we can do administratively, and i'm going to re-engage with congress to try to make the case that this is not something that's in the best interests of the american people. >> and what are we hearing about guantanamo? hunger strikes, accusations of torture, just what's happening to the 166 prisoners still there? well, now we're getting an inside look thanks to one prisoner who has been there since 2002. his memoirs have been declassified by the u.s. government and today were printed by slate.com. i'm joined now by our politics and foreign affairs editor william dobson. thanks so much for joining us. i want to read part of what he wrote in his memoirs when he first arrived in gitmo.
and the largest single sector in financing the 2012 election cycle. the money is huge, and when president obama came in, you know, he brought in wall street. right into the white house, into the inner core, this was a wall street from beginning to end, top to bottom administration. and you still look at the senior economic officials, they're from city group. once in a while, there's a little diversify, they have jpmorgan, they've had others, but basically, it's really a wall street group. and it's not surprising that we don't have that reform. >> have you ever been to opensecrets.org? it's a great website. i hate it when it was in congress. w we've got the pie chart. my two biggest contributors were owners of dog tracks and bingo parlor. it's a bigger problem. but no, they spell it out, pie graphs, who gave you the money? how much they give from what zip codes. pretty crazy. >> okay. >> a lot of money, bingo. >> i think you're making -- >> which is why foreign policy begins at home. >> yes. >> dr. jeffrey sachs, thank you. stay with us. still ahead, kal penn will be here. he's teamed up with th
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of white voters that voted for obama this time around. latinos, maybe next time around, are not -- not going to be that happy with the democratic party. they haven't been that party with the obama administration at all. so -- it is kind of -- kind of -- oh, latinos are automatically going to vote one way or another. these guys need to earn people's votes. both the democrats and the republicans. and that takes a lot of effort on the ground and doing your homework. and -- showing the party, you know, showing the people that, you know, you care. i think that has been definitely a challenge for the conservative party for the republican party and so there is a lot of homework to be done. especially there latino community. >> democrats get angry when i say that. the idea that inevitable march of democrats to victory, it is somewhat foolish. we have seen this before. talking about this before. people talking about the coalition roosevelt brought about in the '30s would never break apart. it did break apart in the is he 60s. democrats need to think about how to keep voters toge
. and remember when president obama joked about getting a drink with senator mitch mcconnell at the white house correspondents' dinner? mitch mcconal is returning the laugh and he is ready to accept. waiting for the president. >> thank you very much, chriine. 41 minutes past the hour. more on that groundbreaking announcement from nba player jason collins. in his essay yesterday for "sports illustrated" he said, i didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major american team sport. but since i am, i'm happy to the start the i had my way, someon would have already done this. nobody has, which is why i'm raising my hand. the 34-year-old has gotten support from all corners of the sports world. from nba commissioner david stern to former teammates. so let's talk about the reaction with mike golic and mike greenberg the mosts of "mike & mike" on espn radio and espn2. they're joining us this morning. collins is the first active player in a major u.s. sport to come out. how big of a deal is this? >> well, it's both an enormous deal and i think no big deal at all. with regard to th
reaction to president obama's speaking on the boston and benghazi terror attacks during that white house news conference in our last hour. the president asked about critics raising concerns about u.s. national security in the kef those attacks. listen. >> lindsey graham a senior member of the armed services committee has said that benghazi and boston are both examples of the u.s. going backwards on national security. is he right? and did our intelligence miss something? >> no, mr. graham is not right on this issue, sure it generated some headlines. i think that what we saw in boston was state, local, federal officials, every agency, rallying around a city that had been attacked, identifying the perpetrators just hours after the scene had been examined. we now have one individual deceased, one in custody. charges have been brought. jon: well joining us by phone now south carolina republican senator lindsey graham. you heard the president there at his news conference in essence say, senator, that you are wrong. what's your response? >> with all due respect to the president we've lost eight
. >> welcome back to "hardball." late today the "washington post" reports, in fact, just did, the white house was preparing to send lethal weaponry to the syrian opposition. earlier today president obama seemed to be trying to slow the rush to war by some on the right. almost in lockstep, by the way, the hawks and the neocons have argued we must take some kind of military action in syria or else risk looking squeamish to the iranians. it's a dangerous line of thinking, i think, especially because there are so few good options available in sere wra. create a no-fly zone. that could be costy and potentially a risky operation. arm the rebels? we may be doing that now. who exactly are the rebels? "the new york times" reported over the weekend, for example, the overwhelming strength of the fighting force is made up of the most extreme groups. some of whom have ties to al qae qaeda. do we give them weapons? what option does that leave us in the united states? what does that end up being? a treaty, perhaps? bashar al assad in russia? both those outcomes seem unlikely. the war drums are out there. ca
? caller: you do not know who he is? [laughter] he is a brain surgeon. he was at the white house correspondents back fist -- breakfast, and he sort of chewed out obama. host: no more politicians? .aller: we need americans the democrats are corrupt, and the republicans are corrupt. fast and furious, eric holder. right here, and ghazi -- benghazi. said, forinton americans dead, what did that matter? they were asking for help, and america did not give them none. host: brian calling for no more politicians in the 2016 race for the white house. a few more headlines from you -- for you. here is the "washington post" story on president obama's comments yesterday on u.s. troops on the ground in syria that is the story from "the washington post." on the same subject, this from today's "new york times" -- that story in today's "new york times" if you want to read more on that. on the subject of the 2016 race and your choice for president in the 2016 contest, we will go to ted from jefferson, iowa. good morning. caller: good morning, c-span. i just wanted to basically give a dutiful an iowa
. >> gretchen: ooo. that was a bit of a dig. >> steve: and president obama still in mexico this morning. that's where chief white house cor suspendent ed right now. it sounds like the president believes congress is inching closer to a deal, right? >> immigration reform, that's right. good morning. it's interesting because the president is in position now where as you know, this week he crossed the 100-day threshold to the start of his second term. he's largely empty handed on some of those big legacy items that he wants, like gun control, like a grand bargain budget deal. but he does believe he's inch closer to an immigration deal. he's been meeting with the mexican president and in a joint news conference yesterday, the president made clear that he thinks this is his best opportunity to get a bipartisan deal in the days ahead. listen to what he said. >> we've seen leaders from both parties indicate that now is the time to get reform. >> marco rubio is saying the key on this trip is for the president to show he's serious about border security, that that's the only way he's going to get any co
on what president obama's increasingly graying hair might mean. >> number 5. >> your hair is so white it could be a member of your cabinet. >> ooh. >> the president obviously getting slammed for not having a more minority -- more minorities in his cabinet. he took care of that when he named mel watt head of fsha. the president had his turn at the podium. he did very, very well. and he talked about the little gaffe he made when he phrased california attorney general pamela harris for being the most beautiful attorney general in the country. >> number 4? >> i am not in california. i happen to mention pamela harris is the best-looking attorney general in the country. as you might imagine i got trouble when i got back home. who knew eric holder was so sensitive. >> bill: very funny the first time around. the president, cnn came in for quite a few knox in the evening, from conan o'brien, but it was president obama who got the first shot in at cnn. remember, this is after john king up in boston reported that they arrested the suspect in the bombing case when
cain, one of the most vocal critics from that white house with regards to a policy on syria. at what point dot we hear more criticisms from the gop over the obama camp towards this? >> they're walking a very fine line. jackie mentioned, you have a very war wary public after the wars in iran and iraq. as we've seen over the last couple of year, the vast majority of americans want more of a focus on u.s. policy issues. you have the boston bombings over the last two weeks. that's really where americans are going to be focused. so how far do the gop senators want to go with this? we'll see hawks like lindsey graham and john mccain talking a lot about this, but it's not clear yet to the extent to which this is captured the interest of the american people. >> pivot to boston and talk about the investigation. david, your perspective on the radicalization. you have a unique perspective. were you held specifically in the tribal areas of pakistan for about seven months. what did you discover about the militants who were holding you captive, and what can we glean from your experience about the proces
here of our meeting. we're truly honored to have, as our next speaker mary jo white chairman of security and exchange commissioner. she was appointed by president obama in january and confirmed by the congress last month. the strong support she received is a real testament to the extraordinary experience she brings to the office and the long successful record of her private and public service. -- chairman white is best known as the united states attorney for the southern district of new york. as you know, that office litigates some of the most complex criminal cases in the nation. during her time there, chairman white saw her share of these, including prosecutions stemming from the bombings of the world trade center in 2001, 1993, and our embassies in 1998. in the private sector, chairman whiteheaded the litigation practice. she's also served as a director of the nasdaq stock exchange. at her nomination hearing in march, chairman white observed that "although the worst of the financial crisis may behind us none of us can be complacent." e share your wearness of omplacentcy. w
and publicly beaten in 1853 virginia for supposedly stealing a white man's chickens. even though there wasn't much meaningful evidence against her. i also analyzed more contemporary figures like shirley cher ard and first lady michelle obama. because these women help us to understand how modern black women find their true north in a room still made crooked by shaming stereotypes. the book is now available in paperback. i'd love to hear from you in nerdland about what you think about it. i'll be hosting an online book club about it in coming weeks. read it now, we can talk about it soon. when we come back, i want to expand the sister citizen framework beyond the experiences of black women. what happens to the immigration debate when women are put at the center. what are the specific challenges facing the women. who wants to be our new sister citizens. okay. this, won't take long will it? no, not at all. how many of these can we do on our budget? more than you think. didn't take very long, did it? this spring, dig in and save. that's nice. post it. already did. more saving. more doing. that's
cruz from texas. c-span's road to the white house 2016 coverage gets underway live tonight at 7:30 p.m. eastern. president obama on the second to of his three-day trip latin america spoke to students about how to be added to its of some americans toward mexicans have tapped into stereotypes and called for greater unity moving forward. >> despite all the bonds we share and the people who claim heritage on both sides, our attitudes sometimes hold to those stereotypes. thisamericans always see depicted in violations of border crossing. and let's a minute. many mexicans feel that america disrespects mexico or is trying to impose itself on mexican sovereignty. in both countries, such distortions create misunderstandings. they make it harder for us to move forward together. i have come to mexico to say i think it is important to recognize some realities. including the impressive comrades that we have in mexico. [applause] president's of the remarks earlier today. you can see the entire event tonight in prime time or you can watch it anytime on our website at www.c-span.org. student can com
republican with reagan. but now the republicans have changed. trying tot to stop fight obama and work for the people's. they have not to get serious and worked for the people and stop trying to make it hard for someone in the white house. we're going down a dead-end road. thank you. host: pennsylvania. independent. do you have a preference for 2016 yet? caller: i hear the term bipartisanship and people talking about one party against the other. there's a fundamental difference between these people. thatve the conservatives are standing on the side of constitutionalism. we have conservatives in the republican party who are tired of seeing the republican party trying to gander to the latino vote and immigration reform. what we need to do is get back to the constitution. get back to the fundamentals that make america great. the republican party is not doing that. the division in this country is of thee fundamentals president who said he was going change the fundamentals. he is not presidential material. word.the "f" that is not presidential material. --t: you mean caller: benjamin -- um
obama will hold his first press conference, marking the first 100 days of his second term today and he will be taking questions on a wide range of issues. nbc's chief white house correspondent, chuck todd is in the briefing room for us. as i understand it not one of those occasions where the president is expected to come out and deliver a piece of news. >> that's right, savannah. if you think about just the last 15 days, when you have the boston marathon investigation, those bombings are continuing. you have this sequester standoff over the airports and faa funding. and then now throw in the issue with syria, there's a lot on the table. is white houses love to have press conferences when congress is out of town. congress happens to be out of town this week so they get washington and the spin cycle to themselves. so, put all that together and the fact that this is that -- one of those mythical markers that the white house claims they don't follow but they just happen to schedule a press conference today, the first 100 dives that second term. and you have all of it coming together for a
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